how exciting for the class (and for me)
to receive a beautiful poster and message
from our penpal friends
led by a blogging friend/teacher i admire, jennie fitzkee
all the way from the aqua room in massachusetts
connections can be made in so many wonderful ways.
jennie with the letter we sent back to our friends in massachusetts
“with a little paper and ink –
and some help from the postal service –
friendship can span many years and many miles.”
-caroline rose kraft
when the kinder have a bunch of boxes
and decide to play
indoor hide and seek
the teachers know
they will need a lot of help to find them all.
“some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.”
the kinder have begun to create their own art gallery in the space where they play.
“art is too important not to share.”
bandaids are the hot item in my classroom
after a number of kinder came up to me asking for one
pleading their case
(many with very old ‘wounds’)
we gathered together
as they each shared
their personal tale of woe:
i got scraped, the paper cut me, it’s red like blood,
you can’t see it, but it’s ouch-y, something poked me,
my sister, something in my pocket did it, nail polish came off of one nail,
bandaid from home is falling off….
we finally got to our last person, who stated:
“this happened to me on the next day after tomorrow.”
“life takes guts.”
we worked hard making
savory monkey bread
it took a team
shaking ,stirring, rolling. cutting, chopping, spilling, melting, cooking, waiting, cleaning up
loads of fun
little bits of magic
a few mishaps
thrown in for good measure
a perfect day of cooking
we set our fancy table
sit down together
to share our feast.
“no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
after 3 days of conferences with parents
sharing stories of each child’s gifts
i’m all talked out
but really loved the conversations.
“we are all gifted, that is our inheritance.”
photo credit: bbc earth
with the return of the school year
comes the return of our outdoor adventure days.
“we could have never loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.”
the little ones came to school
most for the first time ever
filling our room with emotion and energy
a few minutes into our day
one had me write
an urgent note to her mom
“bring the car!”
we’re all tired and mostly all happy
tomorrow we begin again.
“be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”
like a turtle with its shell
carrying it wherever they go
a sure sign
it’s move-in weekend at the uni.
“the sweetest part of leaving home is knowing,
beyond the shadow of a doubt,
that you’ll always carry it with you.”
one of my favorite things
is to go to school shows
i love every kind of kid up there
hiding in back
staring straight ahead
belting it out
faking the lyrics
wearing mismatched shoes
in a fancy outfit
whispering to a stage neighbor
giving it their all
waving to family
have their own rhythm different from the rest
playing anything that makes a musical sound
any kind of talent show
costumed or not.
i am all in.
“sometimes I was in school plays,
but only when the kid they’d originally picked got sick and they asked me to substitute.”
“i remember acting in a school play about the melting pot when I was very little.
there was a great big pot onstage.
on the other side of the pot was a little girl who had dark hair,
and she and i were representing the italians.
and i thought: is that what an italian looked like?”
“i did a school play when I was 10 where I played a cold germ infecting a whole classroom of kids.
the play was called ‘Piffle It’s Only a Sniffle.’
i’d never had so much fun. It was a thrill.”